No Advertising Mail (No Catalogues)

NoAdsUnwanted advertising material has a big impact on the environment. Advertisers love product catalogues. Some people love getting them, others hate them.

Council has a new initiative encouraging residents to reject receiving advertising material. They will provide sticker you can place on the letterbox.

For additional information go to the Distribution Standards Board.

You can also request telephone directories not be delivered to you

Bush Fire Survival Plan

Fire and Rescue NSW have been distributing a bright red ‘Bushfire Emergency Must Have Bag’ to homes in bushfire prone lands. The contents include various brochures and information kits including:

  • Covering letter
  • A localised look at the bushfire environment
  • Bushfire emergency checklist, and Emergency Contact List
  • Detailed Bushfire Emergency Survival Plan

The Bushfire Emergency Survival Plan was developed by the NSW Rural Fire Service. It is very comprehensive and should be read and understood by all residents.

There is one new aspect of the Emergency Survival Plan that has not been widely advertised. This is the concept of a Neighbourhood Safer Place.

Full details of Neighbourhood Safe Places are available here.  The current closest defined Neighbourhood Safer Place for West Ward residents is CHATSWOOD PARK. This is located in Albert Avenue next to the railway line, in front of Chatswood Oval.

More details about bush fire safety can be obtained on the NSW Rural Fire Service website.

Similar information is available on the Willoughby Council site.

Rubbished sites

Frustrated councils unable to demand rubbish be removed

An article in the SMH (20 Sep 2013 pp.12-13) outlines the difficulty Council’s face trying to unsightly rubbish and vegetation removed from private land as well as the difficulties faced with illegal dumping.

Council’s have limited legal power to address these community concerns and taking legal action can be quite expensive.

Often another consideration is the fact that the problem may be associated with a mentally-ill person.

Often, ‘one person’s trash is another person’s treasure’. One homeowner with a huge collection of ‘junk’ successfully argue that every item he had could be reused in some way.

Read the full story at:

Frustrated councils unable to demand rubbish be removed


Economic Development Study

Council is calling tenders for an economic development study.

The scope of the study will include a review of all the local business and industrial centres in the City to identify their key economic attributes and measures in order to facilitate their viability and productivity.
It will look at the changing trends in retail and employment patterns as well as factors affecting the operation of the centres including traffic, public transport and economic infrastructure.

The study will examine the existing and projected demand and supply of retail, business and industrial land in the City to 2020. It will make recommendations that will assist Council to ensure that adequate provision is made in its strategic planning instruments to encourage economic activity that promotes the growth and sustainability of centres and supports the employment targets set down in the draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney to 2031.


The true cost of Opals

Have you seen the new Opal ticket gates at Chatswood Station?

opalCommuters travelling on yearly, quarterly and monthly train tickets could be hundreds of dollars worse off a year under the new electronic transport ticketing system.

Unless they are prepared to travel outside the morning peak, that is, when these same commuters could end up paying far less.

The pay-as-you-go Opal card, to be rolled out across the Sydney rail network in stages from June 14, will eventually replace all paper tickets. It will also abolish periodical tickets, which grant commuters a discount for paying monthly, quarterly or yearly fares upfront.

In their place will be Opal’s weekly system, where travel across the network is free after eight journeys in a single week Under the pricing details released on Sunday, this will mean the MyTrain 1 monthly $98 ticket – such as that used between North Sydney and Central – will cost an equivalent Opal fare of $105.

But if this same commuter were to tap on to the Opal system outside 7am to 9am or 4pm to 6.30pm weekdays, the monthly fare would be $74.

Similarly, a $2040 yearly MyTrain 4 ticket for travel between Campbelltown and the city would cost $580 more for peak travel, or about $346 less than the existing discount if all journeys took place during the off-peak.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said MyMulti and periodical tickets comprised only about 4 per cent of tickets sold, and periodicals were limited to travel between two specific stations.

”Whereas Opal customers can travel anywhere, on any mode, as much as they like for free after eight paid journeys in a week – this is a huge benefit,” she said. ”Also, under Opal, customers do not have to outlay hundreds or thousands of dollars upfront for travel they may or may not end up taking.”

Opposition transport spokeswoman Penny Sharpe said the hidden fare hike was a direct breach of Ms Berejiklian’s promise not to increase fares without a significant improvement in train services.

”These type of tickets are used by frequent commuters that rely on public transport to get to work. They do not have the ability to travel in the off-peak,” she said.

But Professor Corinne Mulley, chair in public transport at the University of Sydney, said: ”You can’t always have only winners.”

The option to create several trips and transfer between transport modes on a single journey ”compensates for a lot,” she said. ”If you look at society as a whole, this sort of change will benefit more people than it will penalise.”

Source: Sydney Morning Herald